Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cheetah On A Branch

So this ends my cheetah on the old wrecked gnarled tree. I spent a good time in the making and quite happy of the outcome. Never thought it was that funny and interesting an ink pen drawing. The tree making wasn't tough as I thought it was and I believe I found good ways to depict different patterns in the bark, in the bare wood and dark spots and so on.
This drawing has been paint using 0.2, 0.3, 0.5 ink pens.
Sure cheetah are awesome animals! So sad they are on the verge of extinction.
I look forward to see one of them in a safari trip of mine: seeing one in the wilderness must be absolutely wonderful.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cheetah Update Updated

A picture of the progress in my cheetah artwork. I must admit I was scared for a long time of this drawing, since when I saved the photograph, because I didn't know how to paint the gnarled wrecked tree. As usual I was wrong, I just needed to start and the tree would have grown by itself. I just needed to decide what kind of technique was better suited for this drawing.
Now I have to complete another branch of the tree and if it goes well I'll hang on a wall in my drawing room.
I'm drawing with the right mind attitude and having a lot of fun.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cheetah Updated

I have completed just now my ink pen cheetah, mostly using 0.2 ink pen and a little 0.5 for those tears-like spots around the eyes. In stead of completely darken all those black spots I found more useful draw them like the hair in the fur with the direction they are supposed to follow hair by hair. This way the body has more shape and deepness because the eye of the observer is somewhat oriented to follow that direction I made.
Now I have to start the gnarled tree.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ten Minutes Free

Lately I'm using to bring my moleskine into my bag wherever I go. This afternoon I had ten minutes free time while waiting for someone to come and started sketching something. As usual I start with the right eye and ten minutes later I found an ancient greek warrior absolutely not planned. Like I always say the drawing has grown by itself.

Sketch Time

Today's drawing is a copy of a picture downloaded more than six months ago from It shows a cheetah on an old gnarled tree. I believe I'm going to paint it with my ink pens. Maybe I'll try pointillism technique.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

About Sternas And Cormorants

Early this morning I was planning a swimming work out so I went to the beach and spent several minutes watching this five birds feeding less than three meters far from me. I was still for long time amazed by those sternas and cormorants with no fear at all which simply didn't care about me so very close to them and kept feasting on a school of small fishes. Every now and then a cormorant dove and arose a little later with a small fish in its beak and a sterna plunged fast into the water to emerge flying and eating another fish.
It was a scene well worthy to be watched of.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cretaceous Struggle

I have completed right now my soft pastels version of a Z.Burian's oil painting taken from a book of mine. This is not the first time I try one painting of his but maybe it is the first time I am quite happy of the medium choice. I used three sets of soft pastels I have and I dare say it is almost good. I copied the shapes and poses from the painting but everything else, like clouds, waves and hues are my blame.
The original painting shows a struggle to survive between a Tylosaurus Dyspelor and an Elasmosaurus Platyurus respectively a mosasaurus (left) and a plesiosaurus (right).
I'm growing fonder and fonder of soft pastels: they allow me to paint on wide surfaces with bright strong colors ...I just paint with no mind while the painting grow by itself... this no mind painting is the thing I seek the most which gives me so much satisfaction.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Today I worked on a watercolor painting showing few poppies. I am amazed with the watercolor painting: using so little effort, water here and there and a few hues one can obtain stunning effects. I like watercolor painting very much.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ink and Imagination Work Out

Today I post something I made just by my imagination and memory. It's incredibly hard to draw without a picture or a model and I believe it is a very useful exercise.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Giorgio Faletti (1950-2014)

Few days ago died Mr. Giorgio Faletti who has been a comic actor, writer, singer, actor and painter. Years ago I still remember my parents telling me about a new book entitled "I kill" whose writer was Giorgio Faletti. I told them: "the same Giorgio who I remember? The comic actor? I must read his book!" And it was good... more than good. An Amazing, Involving, Stunning book. There followed others and I bought them all because he has been rising my personal favorite writers rank. I still hoped very much he was working to write another one but few days ago my partner called me and gave me the bad news of his death.
I made this watercolor painting to remember this Amazing Artist whom I was a fan since when I was still a child laughing at his verbal jokes on the tv and later an even bigger fan of his books.
Thanks Giorgio, have a good trip.